Customs

"Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for these are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history."

Will Durant, The Lessons of History

Comments

@ish said…
its jst same when Einstein said thtat I HAVNT FAILED 99 TIMES I HAVE JUST FOUND 99 WAYS OF HOW TO DO IT,,,
i totally agree with will and areil durnt they spent their whole life filling these books with their observations nd views but shame upon us for we are too illerterate to grab those gems of wisdom
M. Umer Toor said…
Durant has rightfully mocked, rather knocked, all those pseudo slogans of absolute freedom and liberty from conventions of a societ (of which blue color jeans is a symbol, for example). breakaway from perennial wisdom of religion, i.e, complete irreligiousity, means dwindling of human culture and civilization, as he says somewhere else.